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France's Macron calls for talks to end conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray
  + stars: | 2021-07-31 | by ( ) sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his statement at the end of the 5th France-Oceania Summit, held via video-conference, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, July 19, 2021. Yoan Valat/Pool via REUTERSPARIS, July 31 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron called for the opening of talks to end hostilities in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray, the Elysee Palace said in a statement on Saturday. The statement came after calls Macron held earlier in the day with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Sudanese counterpart Abdalla Hamdok. Macron also said all restrictions should be lifted to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid in Tigray, where thousands of children could suffer life-threatening malnutrition, according to the United Nations children's agency. read moreReporting by Mathieu Rosemain Editing by Mark HeinrichOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Yoan, Macron, Abiy Ahmed, Abdalla, Mathieu Rosemain, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Oceania, REUTERS, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: France, Paris, REUTERS PARIS, Ethiopia's, Tigray
An Ethiopian refugee fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, holds her new born baby's foot at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. "UNICEF estimates that over 100,000 children in Tigray could suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in the next 12 months – a tenfold increase compared to the average annual caseload," she said. Spokespeople for the prime minister and a government task for Tigray did not immediately respond to requests for comment on UNICEF's estimates. Fighting began between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) last November. Children, women and other civilians bear the scars of the conflict and trauma endured, Mercado said.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Marixie Mercado, Abiy Ahmed's, Billene Seyoum, Mercado, Tomson Phiri, Jens Laerke, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams, Nick Macfie Organizations: REUTERS, UNICEF, Children's Fund, Fighting, Ethiopian, Programme, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Geneva, Mekelle, Semera, U.N, Nairobi
Athletics-Ethiopian Barega wins men's 10,000 metres
  + stars: | 2021-07-30 | by ( ) + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
TOKYO, July 30 (Reuters) - Selemon Barega of Ethiopia won the men's 10,000 metres gold medal, the first of the Olympic athletics programme, on Friday, defeating world champion and world record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda. Cheptegei's compatriot Jacob Kiplimo took bronze. The 21-year old Barega's victory was secured on the last lap as he sprinted to the finish line to secure a shock win. The Ethiopian delegation at the Olympic stadium applauded him as he smiled broadly and ran a victory lap with his country's flag draped around his shoulders. Reporting by Mitch Phillips and Omar Mohammed, editing by Ed OsmondOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joshua Cheptegei, Cheptegei's, Jacob Kiplimo, Mitch Phillips, Omar Mohammed, Ed Osmond Organizations: Olympic, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: TOKYO, Ethiopia, Uganda
An Ethiopian Road Is a Lifeline for Millions. Now It’s Blocked.
  + stars: | 2021-07-29 | by ( Declan Walsh | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
AFAR, Ethiopia — The road, a 300-mile strip of tarmac that passes through some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth, is the only way into a conflict-torn region where millions of Ethiopians face the threat of mass starvation. But it is a fragile lifeline, fraught with dangers that have made the route barely passable for aid convoys trying to get humanitarian supplies into the Tigray region, where local fighters have been battling the Ethiopian army for eight months. Aid workers say the main obstacle is an unofficial Ethiopian government blockade, enforced using tactics of obstruction and intimidation, that has effectively cut off the road and exacerbated what some call the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in a decade. A relief convoy headed for Tigray came under fire on the road on July 18, forcing it to turn around.
Organizations: Ethiopian Locations: Ethiopia, Tigray
Eritrean Refugees protest in-front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices to condemn the attacks on the refugees in Hitsats and Shimelba camps during the fight between Ethiopia’s National Defence Force and Tigray People Liberation Front (TPLF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 29, 2021. The agency said it lost access to the camps on July 14. read moreThe United States said on Tuesday it was deeply concerned about the fate of Eritrean refugees in Tigray. The refugee camps, which have existed for years and house Eritreans who have fled repression in their home country, were caught up in violence that now threatens to escalate. Demonstrators on Tuesday held a banner reading "Protect the rights of Eritrean refugees". She said she fled to safety in Addis Ababa from Hitsats, another refugee camp in Tigray, in January, but did not know where her husband was.
Persons: Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Hermon Hailu, Eritreans, Medihn Mehari, Ayenat Mersie, Giulia Paravicini, Maggie Fick, Joe Bavier Organizations: United Nations, Refugees, Ethiopia’s National Defence Force, Tigray People Liberation, REUTERS, UNHCR, Reuters, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: UNHCR, Hitsats, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, States, Nairobi, Olbia, Italy
REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/File PhotoWASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - Washington is sending USAID Administrator Samantha Power to Ethiopia this week while warning of punitive measures if aid is unable to reach the Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people are believed to be experiencing famine. Power is due to meet Ethiopia's national security adviser and hopes to meet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a senior USAID official said. Washington hopes she will secure unhindered humanitarian access to Tigray. Ethiopian troops withdrew from most of Tigray in late June when the TPLF retook Mekelle. "All statements by Federal and Regional Government refer to the criminal enterprise that is TPLF and not the people of Tigray," a government-run Twitter account focused on Tigray tweeted this week.
Persons: Samantha Power, Jose Cabezas, Joe Biden's, Abiy Ahmed, Washington, Biden, Daphne Psaledakis, Mary Milliken, Howard Goller Organizations: United States Agency for International Development, Central American University, San Salvador , El, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, USAID, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Federal, Regional Government, Thomson Locations: El Salvador, San Salvador ,, San Salvador , El Salvador, Washington, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Addis Ababa
President of the Somali Region Mustafa Muhumed Omer attends a Reuters interview in Jijiga, Ethiopia January 14, 2020. Somali region President Mustafa Muhumed Omer said the road and rail had been blocked by local youth protesting against an attack on Saturday. "We are working to open the Djibouti rail and road today," Mustafa, the Somali region President, told Reuters in a text message. The most deadly violence, however, has emanated from the Tigray region. Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the TPLF, told Reuters on Wednesday its fighters were near Debark, about 102 km (63 miles) north of Gondar, one of Amhara's largest cities.
Persons: Somali Region Mustafa Muhumed Omer, Giulia Paravicini, Mustafa Muhumed Omer, Mustafa, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda, Bahir Dar, Gizachew Muluneh, Maggie Fick, Dawit Endeshaw, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations Conference, Trade, Development, Reuters, Djibouti, Wednesday, Kobo, Abiy, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Somali Region, Jijiga, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Somali, Afar, Horn of Africa, Tigray, Debark, Gondar, Amhara, Bahir, Olbia, Italy, Nairobi
On the other side, Colonel Hussein Mohamed said he commanded 3,700 soldiers from the army's 11th division at Sheweate Hugum. Reuters could not independently verify the accounts of the fighting at Sheweate Hugum. Ethiopian troops withdrew from most of Tigray in late June and declared a unilateral ceasefire on what the government said were humanitarian grounds when the TPLF retook Mekelle. Tesfay Gebregziabher, logistics coordinator for around 6,000 Tigrayan fighters who he said fought at Sheweate Hugum, said he saw around 350 Ethiopian soldiers retreat into the village school during the fighting. In the two-room schoolhouse in Sheweate Hugum, Reuters saw more than two dozen bodies in Ethiopian military uniforms, including women, lying among upturned desks and charred books.
Persons: Giulia Paravicini, SHEWEATE HUGUM, Addis Ababa, Sheweate Hugum, Fighting, Debretsion Gebremichael, Hussein Mohamed, Hussein, Spokespeople, Hugum, Mekelle, Tiebei Negash, Ahmed Abiy's, Tesfay, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, Ethiopian, Sheweate, Reuters, Mekelle, White, Thomson Locations: Abiy Addi, Ethiopia, Sheweate, Tigray, Mekelle, Addis, Sheweate Hugum, Nairobi
Food, water running out in Tigray refugee camps - UN
  + stars: | 2021-07-27 | by ( Stephanie Nebehay | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A bus carrying displaced people arrives at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoGENEVA, July 27 (Reuters) - Some 24,000 Eritrean refugee are trapped in two camps in Ethiopia's Tigray region, cut off from humanitarian aid and where food rations may have run out, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday. "The last food distribution to the two refugee camps was done during the month of June, the ration supplies then were only enough for 30 days," Babar Baloch, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a Geneva news briefing. "There is a real danger of hunger among these refugees if supplies do not resume as they may have already run out of food supplies that were given to them," he said. Conflict broke out between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in November.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Babar Baloch, Baloch, Stephanie Nebehay, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Refugees, UNHCR, World Health Organization, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, GENEVA, Ethiopia's Tigray, Geneva, Mekelle
As Tigray war intensifies, Ethiopia parades new army recruits
  + stars: | 2021-07-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Recruits to join Ethiopia's Defense Force gather during the farewell ceremony at the Meskel Square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 27, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, July 27 (Reuters) - Thousands of Ethiopian army recruits paraded in Addis Ababa on Tuesday to bid farewell before leaving for training, potential future participants in a bloody eight-month-old conflict in the north that continues to spread and intensify. Teku Shega said his father used to fight in the federal army, and he wants to pursue that heritage. Afar is home to the main highway and railway linking landlocked Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa with the sea port of Djibouti. Reporting by Addis Ababa newsroom, Writing by Giulia Paravicini, Editing by William MacleanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Kenea Yadeta, Adanech, Teku Shega, ENDF, Takele, , , Giulia Paravicini, William Maclean Organizations: Ethiopia's Defense Force, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Ethiopia's National Defence Force, National Army, Mekelle, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Meskel, Amhara, Oromiya, Tigray, Mekelle, Afar, Ethiopia's, Djibouti
U.S. calls for halt to violence against Eritreans in Tigray
  + stars: | 2021-07-27 | by ( Doyinsola Oladipo | ) + 0.97   time to read: +2 min
July 27 (Reuters) - The United States is deeply concerned about reported attacks against Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday, calling for the intimidation and attacks to stop. "We are deeply concerned about credible reports of attacks by military forces affiliated with the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Tigrayan militias against Eritrean refugees in the Tigray region," State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters. Fighting first broke out in Tigray in November when the government accused the TPLF of attacking military bases across the region - an accusation the group denied. The government declared victory three weeks later when it took the regional capital Mekelle, but the TPLF kept fighting and has since retaken most of Tigray. Ethiopian troops withdrew from most of Tigray in late June when the TPLF retook Mekelle.
Persons: Jalina Porter, Mai Aini, Adi Harush, Porter, Doyinsola Oladipo, Daphne Psaledakis, David Brunnstrom, Dan Grebler Organizations: U.S . State Department, Department, UNHCR, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Thomson Locations: United States, Ethiopia's Tigray, U.S, Tigray, Ethiopia, UNHCR, Mekelle
The coronavirus slowed cases against Boeing from 737 Max crash victims' families, their lawyer said. Boeing's 737 Max plane crashed twice: A Lion Air plane crashed and killed all 189 people on board in October 2018, and an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed in March 2019, killing 157. Bob Clifford, who represents more than 70 families affected by the Lion Air crash, told Insider that the families' cases against Boeing are running "at least a year behind." This is because many federal courts suspended jury trials and in-person hearings over COVID-19. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty ImagesThe US District Court in Chicago, where many of the cases against Boeing are being heard, suspended civil and criminal jury trials.
Persons: Max, Bob Clifford, Ulet Ifansasti, Clifford, Jemal Countess Organizations: Boeing, Service, Ethiopian Airlines, Lion, Lion Air, JT, Court, U.S . National Transportation, Safety Board Locations: COVID, Chicago, Bishoftu, Ethiopia, Jemal
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoNAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA, July 26 (Reuters) - Residents of Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Monday some young men were responding to a weekend call to arms by their president, as Amhara's government denied that forces from neighbouring Tigray had advanced further into the region. On Sunday Agegnehu Teshager, president of the Amhara regional government, had called on "all young people" to take up arms against TPLF fighters, who say they are advancing deeper south into Amhara territory. "All those areas you mentioned are under the control of our army, Amhara special forces and the militia," said Gizachew. Western Tigray is currently controlled by Amhara forces, who say the land rightfully belongs to them.
Persons: Stringer, Teshager, Getachew Reda, Getachew, Adi Arkay, Gizachew Muluneh, Abiy Ahmed, we'll, Mai Tsebri, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Alex Richardson Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, TPLF, Reuters, Ethiopian, Mekelle, Ethiopia's, Fano, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's Amhara, Debark, Zarima, Amhara, Mekelle, Afar, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Gondar, Chew Ber, Nairobi
Ethiopia's Amhara state rallies youth to fight Tigrayans as war expands
  + stars: | 2021-07-25 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ADDIS ABABA, July 25 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Amhara state on Sunday called on "all young people" to take up arms against Tigrayan fighters who are battling the federal government military and forces from all of Ethiopia's other nine regions. War erupted between the Ethiopian military and the TPLF, which rules Ethiopia's northernmost region, in November. This week the Tigrayans pushed their offensive to Afar, their neighbouring state to the east, where they said they planned to target troops from the Amhara region fighting alongside the federal military in the area. On Saturday, Amhara's special forces commander, Brigadier General Tefera Mamo was quoted by the region's state media as saying the war had expanded to the state. "The terrorist group has started a war in the Amhara and Afar regions and is also harassing Ethiopians," Tefera said, referring to TPLF.
Persons: Teshager, Getachew, General Tefera Mamo, Tefera, Elias Biryabarema, Katharine Houreld, Alex Richardson Organizations: Tigrayan, Tigray, Ethiopian, Special Forces, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Amhara, Tigray People's, Horn of Africa, Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Nairobi
Berhanu, from Addis Ababa, said he has been unable to speak to his daughter, a fourth-year student at Mekelle University, since phone lines went down on June 29, the day after Tigrayan forces retook the regional capital Mekelle. The parents' committee said students were stranded at four universities in Tigray, including Mekelle, after the conflict severed communications and transport links. read moreWar erupted in Tigray in November between the Ethiopian military and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). At the end of June, the TPLF seized back control of Mekelle and most of Tigray after government soldiers withdrew. The conflict spilled out of Tigray into Afar this week, threatening a key road linking the Ethiopian capital to the port of Djibouti.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Banks, Mekelle, Elias Biryabarema, Katharine Houreld, Nick Tattersall Organizations: REUTERS, Mekelle University, Reuters, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: Adwa, Tigray, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Mekelle, Afar, Djibouti
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Ethiopia's Tigray forces enter neighboring Afar region, Afar says
  + stars: | 2021-07-20 | by ( Story Reuters | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN) Forces from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have mounted attacks in neighboring Afar region, a spokesman for Afar said on Monday, marking an expansion of an eight-month-old conflict into a previously untouched area. Tigrayan fighters crossed into Afar on Saturday and Afar forces and allied militias were still fighting them on Monday, Afar spokesman Ahmed Koloyta said. "Now (Ethiopian military forces) are on their way and we will work with them to eliminate (the Tigrayan forces)," he said. Getachew Reda, a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces, confirmed they had been fighting over the weekend in Afar. "We are not interested in any territorial gains in Afar, we are more interested in degrading enemy fighting capabilities," he said via satellite phone.
Persons: Ahmed Koloyta, Getachew, Read Organizations: CNN, Forces, Ethiopian Locations: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ethiopia's, Tigray, Afar
Elegy for a Heartbroken Medalist
  + stars: | 2021-07-18 | by ( Ken Belson | ) + 0.97   time to read: +1 min
The Japanese had not won a medal in track and field, and now Tsuburaya was about to make history. Abebe Bikila, the Ethiopian who captured the gold medal in Rome in 1960 while running barefoot, finished four minutes earlier, setting a world record. As Bikila did calisthenics in the infield, Tsuburaya headed to the finish line looking exhausted and pained. A medal would also add an exclamation point to the Tokyo Games, which were being celebrated as evidence of the country’s emergence from the devastation of World War II. Tsuburaya’s success in the most grueling of races spoke to the nation’s collective sacrifice.
Persons: , Kokichi Tsuburaya, Abebe Bikila, Bikila, Tsuburaya Organizations: Games, Ethiopian, Tokyo Games Locations: SUKAGAWA, Japan, Rome
A fourth region, Amhara, has already been locked in conflict with Tigray since the war erupted in November. Both Amhara and Tigray claim the fertile fields of western and southern Tigray. In the past week, Tigrayan forces have retaken much of the south, but the west is heavily militarised. "We have already deployed our special forces and they will join ENDF. It is the ENDF that is in charge where the special forces will be deployed," said Oromiya Region spokesperson Getachew Balcha.
Persons: Getachew Balcha, Abiy Ahmed, George Obulutsa, Alex Richardson Organizations: Southern Nations Nationalities, Peoples, Ethiopian National Defence Force, ENDF, Reuters, The Southern Nations Nationalities, Amhara Media Corporation, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Oromiya, Peoples ' Region, Amhara, Western Tigray, Peoples ', Debre Markos, Ethiopia, Mekelle
But Addis Ababa police spokesperson Fasika Fanta said he had no information on the arrests or business closures. The group was taken to a military camp on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, he said, and the number of Tigrayans detained there later passed 100. Last week, Reuters visited 10 Tigrayan-owned coffee shops, bars and restaurants in Addis Ababa that had notices posted on their doors saying they had been closed by city authorities. Lidia Girma, deputy head of Addis Ababa City Peace and Security department, told Reuters the government had acted against businesses connected to the TPLF. She said she was not told why she was detained, paid 3,000 birr to a policeman and was released five days later.
Persons: Fasika Fanta, Jeylan Abdi, Tesfalem, Nigusu Mahari, Nigusu, Haya Hulet, Lidia Girma, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, Maggie Fick, Timothy Organizations: Ethiopian, Federal, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, Police, Peace and Security, Peace, Security, Addis Ababa, birr, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Addis Ababa, Tigray, Ethiopia, Dire Dawa, Mekelle, Haya, Ababa's Bole, Addis, Nairobi
Ethiopian regulator suspends Addis Standard news website
  + stars: | 2021-07-15 | by ( Dawit Endeshaw | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
ADDIS ABABA, July 15 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's media regulator said it had suspended the news website The Addis Standard on Thursday and accused it of advancing the agenda of a terrorist group. The Addis Standard website - which has regularly criticised the government - was still visible in Ethiopia on Thursday, but its most recent stories were a day old. "The temporary suspension followed complaints and alarming trends in EMA’s (The Ethiopia Media Authority's) monitoring findings," the regulator said in an online statement. The Addis Standard's publisher, JAKENN Publishing, said on Twitter it was "deeply disturbed" by the regulator's decision to suspend its media licence. The Commission said federal police had told it that three of the journalists had since been released.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Addis, Omar Mohammed, George Obulutsa, Katharine Houreld, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Addis, Ethiopia Media, Media, JAKENN, Twitter, Reuters, Ethiopian Human Rights, Awlo Media, Ethio, YouTube, Thomson Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Tigray, WhatsApp, Nairobi
Members of Amhara Special Forces stand guard along a street in Humera town, Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 14 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Amhara region said on Wednesday it will go on the offensive against forces from the neighbouring Tigray region, as advancing Tigrayans bear down on Amhara-held territory, potentially opening a major new phase in Ethiopia's civil war. A spokesman for the Amhara regional government said the authorities there were rallying their own forces for a counter-attack against Tigrayans. "The regional government has now transitioned from defensive to an offensive," Amhara spokesperson Gizachew Muluneh was quoted as saying by the region's state-run Amhara Media Corporation. On Tuesday the National Movement of Amhara, a major regional political party, called on irregular volunteer militia - known as Fano - to mobilise.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Gizachew Muluneh, Tigrayans, Mai Tsebri, Getachew Reda, Dawit Endeshaw, Katharine Houreld, George Obulutsa Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, REUTERS, Amhara, Tigrayans, Amhara Media Corporation, National Movement of Amhara, Alamata, Reuters, UN, Food Programme, Ethiopian, WFP, Thomson Locations: Humera town, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Amhara, Fano, Western Tigray, Mekelle, Nairobi
Tigray rebels say they capture main town, push south and west
  + stars: | 2021-07-13 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NAIROBI, July 13 (Reuters) - Rebels in Ethiopia's Tigray region said on Tuesday they had recaptured a main town from rival forces and were pushing to take back more territory. War broke out last November between Tigray's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), and Ethiopian federal forces. But some parts in the west and south are also claimed by neighbouring Amhara region, which has sent fighters to the contested areas. "The Amhara forces were routed in the highlands north of Alamata and to the east of Alamata as well as the federal forces. But neighbouring Amhara region claims the land and its forces, along with Ethiopian troops and allies from neighbouring Eritrea, are stationed in the territory.
Persons: Mekelle, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Getachew, Mai Tsebri, Abiy Ahmed, Maggie Fick, Emma Thomasson, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian, United Nations, Food, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray's, Tigray, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Mai, Eritrea
Troops in Eritrean uniforms are seen on top of a truck near the town of Adigrat, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021. The push sparked calls from Amhara politicians for irregular militias to mobilise and arm themselves. The war pits Tigrayan forces - both formal and irregular - against the Ethiopian military and its allies from Amhara and the neighbouring nation of Eritrea. The aid worker, citing information received from colleagues there, said locals greeted Tigrayan forces with songs, cheers, and celebratory gunfire. The fighting started overnight, two refugees living in a camp adjacent to the town told Reuters, saying gunfire began around 1 a.m. and continued intermittently for about 14 hours.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Mai Tsebri, Tigrayan, Abiy, TPLF, Lotte Knudsen, Mahlet Hailu, Dawit Endeshaw, Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Omar Mohammed, Katharine Houreld, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Forces, National Movement of Amhara, Ethiopian, Donors, Reuters, Eritrean, EU, United Nations, Human Rights, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Thomson Locations: Adigrat, Ethiopia, Baz Ratner NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Amhara, Africa's, Tigray, Tigray's, Eritrea, Mai, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Geneva, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia July 1, 2021. REUTERS/StringerADDIS ABABA, July 12 (Reuters) - Forces from Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray said on Monday they were pushing south and had recaptured a town from government forces, underscoring their determination to keep fighting until the region's pre-war borders are restored. Conflict erupted in Tigray eight months ago between central government forces and the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Getachew, the TPLF spokesperson, said the group wants its pre-war borders restored and transport links open to allow people and humanitarian aid to move. read moreOn Monday, the United Nations' World Food Programme said that the first humanitarian convoy to enter the Tigray region in two weeks had reached Mekelle.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Getachew Reda, Getnet Adane, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew, Mekelle, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Forces, Reuters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopian, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia's, Mekelle, Amhara, Alamata, Korem, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
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